NRZ targets moving 6 million tonnes this year

NRZ TARGETS MOVING 6 MILLION TONNES OF TRAFFIC THIS YEAR
Harare March 6, 2012 (New Ziana) -The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is targeting to move 6 million tonnes of traffic this year up from 3, 8 million tonnes in 2011.
Last year the parastatal failed to move 5, 3 million tonnes of traffic it had targeted due to depressed industrial capacity, ageing equipment and railway infrastructure.
NRZ managing director, retired air commodore Mike Karakadzai said the performance of the national economy determined the pace of the transport sector.
“We are targeting to move 6 million tonnes of traffic in 2012.This will be spurred by an increase in mineral production, agricultural production and the industrial capacity utilization which means more demand for raw materials,” he said.
“We will be moving coal and minerals to various destinations in and outside the country. Sugar can production is also on the rise and they also rely on us to move cane from the fields to the mills as well as the raw sugar to the refining plants,” he added.
Last month the NRZ and the Hwange Colliery Company signed a Service Level Agreement to guarantee the transportation of coal from Hwange to various destinations in and outside the country.
Karakadzai said NRZ will this year check on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis what the company moved in terms of traffic.
The NRZ suffered the brunt of sanctions that Western countries imposed on Zimbabwe as it experienced widespread vandalism of its equipment and infrastructure and could not refurbish its aged fleet.
The parastatal needs about US$274 million for recapitalization.
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